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Epigenetics alters genes in rheumatoid arthritis

Epigenetics alters genes in rheumatoid arthritis

ScienceDaily (July 3, 2012) — It’s not just our DNA that makes us susceptible to disease and influences its impact and outcome. Scientists are beginning to realize more and more that important changes in genes that are unrelated to changes in the DNA sequence itself — a field of study known as epigenetics — are equally influential. A research team at the University of California, San Diego — led by Gary S. Continue reading

Uranium exposure linked to increased lupus rate

Uranium exposure linked to increased lupus rate

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) — People living near a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio are experiencing a higher than average rate of lupus, according a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs of the body Continue reading

Uranium exposure linked to increased lupus rate

Uranium exposure linked to increased lupus rate

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) — People living near a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio are experiencing a higher than average rate of lupus, according a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs of the body Continue reading

Autoimmune disease linked to pregnancy loss, stroke more often than you’d expect

Autoimmune disease linked to pregnancy loss, stroke more often than you’d expect

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2012) — For years, researchers have known that antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) can cause pregnancy loss and clotting, but they haven’t known the true scope of the problem. Continue reading

Statins have potential to treat an autoimmune clotting disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome

Statins have potential to treat an autoimmune clotting disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome

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Uranium exposure linked to high lupus rates in community living near a former refinery

Uranium exposure linked to high lupus rates in community living near a former refinery

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2012) — High rates of systemic lupus erythematosus have been linked to living in proximity to a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C Continue reading

Lack of vitamin D contributes to pain in black Americans with knee osteoarthritis

Lack of vitamin D contributes to pain in black Americans with knee osteoarthritis

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — A new study reveals that black Americans display lower levels of vitamin D and greater pain sensitivity compared to white Americans. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatism , a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that vitamin D deficiency may be one of many factors that account for increased pain in older black Americans with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2012) — The older we get, the weaker our immune systems tend to become, leaving us vulnerable to infectious diseases and cancer and eroding our ability to benefit from vaccination. Continue reading

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

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Male DNA commonly found in women’s brains, likely from prior pregnancy with a male fetus

Male DNA commonly found in women’s brains, likely from prior pregnancy with a male fetus

ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2012) — Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus, according to first-of-its-kind research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Continue reading